Foster Wheeler wins top UK achievement award on health, safety performance

The UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awarded Foster Wheeler with its prestigious Order of Distinction Award in the field of occupational health and safety, the organization said on Wednesday.

It marks the fifth successive year and the 19th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award that Foster Wheeler has won for outstanding health and safety performance on UK and international projects, the company said.

The Order of Distinction is RoSPA’s highest achievement award and is presented to those companies which have attained at least 15 consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards for outstanding health and safety performance on projects around the world, the group said.

“We are very proud to receive once again the prestigious RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for our 2011 safety performance,” said Filippo Abbá, CEO of engineering and construction firm Foster Wheeler.

“Maintaining this high standard takes tremendous effort and focus, and we continue to implement new health and safety initiatives to ‘raise the bar’ even higher,” he added.

Dating back to 1956, the RoSPA awards scheme is the largest and longest-running program of its kind in the UK, the group says.

It recognizes commitment to accident and ill-health prevention and is open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

The scheme does not look just at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

“The RoSPA Awards program provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organizations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention,” said David Rawlins, awards manager at RoSPA.

“We congratulate Foster Wheeler on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognized to be good for workers and the bottom line," he added.

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